Food! ~ Infant Storytime

Our theme for the EIGHTH and final storytime of the spring session was FOOD!  We read a story about a mouse who was hungry for lunch and we played a guessing game with different kinds of fruit that took on some really weird shapes.   What follows are the books, bounces, nursery rhymes, fingerplays and flannel boards we shared.


In Denise Fleming’s picture book, Lunch, we meet a very hungry mouse.  Mouse is sooooo hungry that he has to have a nibble of every piece of brightly-coloured food on the table and ends up covered in it. Each of the fruits and vegetables in this picture book is in a different colour.

Guess What? – Fruit by Yusuke Yonezu offers colorful drawings of different fruits which transform into animals with the lift of a flap!  An interactive book that engages babies in a guessing game and helps them identify the names of different fruits and animals.  Simple, bold illustrations and the element of surprise is always a big hit with the wee ones.


Five Ripe Berries in a Bowl

Can be used for a flannel board or as a fingerplay!

Five ripe berries sitting in a bowl. (hold up five fingers)
The (strawberry, etc.) fell out and started to roll. (Hold up finger, and roll hands)
It bumped the table and hit my toe (clap once, and touch toes )
How many berries in the bowl? 1-2-3-4 (Count berries)

Repeat rhyme until there are no more berries left in the bowl!

Credit: Adapted from Five Big Lemons! at Recipes for Reading


WE read the book Lunch by Denise Fleming and used accompanying flannel pieces to make the story come ALIVE!

Action Songs, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!
You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome Song
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Dickery Dickery Dare (bounce)

Video:  Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air –
The man in brown,
Brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!

The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce)

Video:  The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down.

 Peas Porridge Hot! (nursery rhyme)

Video:  Peas Porridge Hot

Peas porridge hot
Peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old!
Some like it hot
Some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, nine days old!

Tickle:  Round and round the garden, goes the Teddy Bear, a one-step, a two-step, a tickle under there.

One Two Buckle My Shoe! (nursery rhyme)

Video:  One Two Buckle My Shoe

One, two, buckle my shoe;

Three, four, knock at the door;

Five, six, pick up sticks;

Seven, eight, lay them straight:

Nine, ten, a big fat hen!

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends) 

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Ladies Ride” from More Tickles & Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Smooth Road” from Baby’s Boat by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“With My Little Hands” from  Active Baby by Tumble Tots

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Two Little Blackbirds” from by Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more stories about food, check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library.


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